X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST mastermind Bryan Singer opened up to IGN about his “epic” film, which joins both casts of the X-Men film franchise. The director talks about negotiating with a returning cast member, exploring new characters and describes the time traveling element.
Singer agreed that he’s on the same page as the fans who want to see Jean and Cyclops return, saying “who wouldn’t” want to see them? He also says he’s negotiation with a returning cast member and that there will be new, younger roles. “There’s another person that we’re negotiating with right now, so hopefully that will work out and they’ll be a part of the movie as well. And there are some new roles, younger roles that will appear in the movie.”
On the time traveling element in the film, Singer says “The movie takes place at different times. It deals with, I don’t want to say time travel, but time displacement. A form of time travel which is steeped more in the X-Men [mythos].” That will allow him to “repair a few things” that took place in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND.
He wants to explore to various sides of the X-Men universe, creating a shared universe, saying “I think that if you really examine the X-Men universe it’s every bit as big as the Marvel universe. There are lesser characters, but if you take certain characters there are a myriad of films you could make, and stories you could tell, with these characters as individuals. Wolverine being one of them, and that’s currently being done. But you could really mine this universe. I’m glad to return to it and I’d like to get more involved in it because it hasn’t really been orchestrated – somewhat with the Wolverine pictures – but I think there is a lot more that one can do.